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Is Experience Assessment for me?

Experience Assessment is for those with recent experience working in the people profession. This route could suit you whether you’re an independent consultant, you’re working for a large corporate or smaller organisation. It’s about demonstrating you have the knowledge, behaviours and impact required for the CIPD membership grade you want to achieve.

Find out more about what we're looking for and if Experience Assessment is for you with the online Pre-Assessment.

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The benefits of Experience Assessment

Experience Assessment is a time-efficient and rewarding route to membership that’s designed to fit into the lives of busy people professionals.

  • Delivers professional recognition through membership: you can use a designation after your name that shows your experience (Assoc CIPD, Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD).

  • Takes as little as four months.

  • Not a qualification, so no studying or exams: it’s all about your experience.

  • Rewards your achievements and contribution to organisational success.
Professional development

A professionally rewarding experience

  • Gives you the opportunity to reflect on your career, skills and knowledge to date.

  • Highlights potential areas for development towards meeting your long-term professional goals.

  • Benchmarks your people experience against the industry standard.

See what our members say

Robert Colby

I always felt uneasy about my lack of HR qualifications, so this was an opportunity to get those letters after my name...CIPD membership influenced my promotion in early 2018.

Robert Colby, Assoc CIPD

Civ HR Senior Business Partner, Joint Forces Command

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CIPD Chartered Membership raised my credibility within the organisation… I knew I had lots of knowledge and skills, but external recognition of that was great.

Charlotte Lewis, Chartered MCIPD

MSc, Occ. Psych, CIvHR – Talent Management, MoD

I’d recommend Experience Assessment without a shadow of a doubt. You get the time to reflect and time to really think about the future and how you’d apply some of your learnings and feedback. And it gives you credibility.

James Goodman, Chartered Fellow

Former HR Director, Tesco

Toby Lott

I found experience assessment to be a most enlightening period of professional and personal self-reflection. It’s a great way to get professional recognition and remind yourself what you’ve accomplished.

Toby Lott, Chartered MCIPD

Group HR Manager, Infoteam Group

Paul Wickes

Becoming a CIPD member was something that I should have done sooner. So I set aside time to get my CIPD Chartered Membership through Experience Assessment. I use it on my LinkedIn profile and CV.

Paul Wickes, Chartered MCIPD

Independent HR Consultant

Experience Assessment was a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills and gain recognition for the work I’ve achieved. I should have done this years ago, and I’d urge others to do the same if they want to take another step forward in their career.

Rhodri Wyn Jones, Associate

Organisational Development Manager, National Assembly for Wales

Read what Charlotte, Robert and Anandita have achieved through Experience Assessment, and watch the stories of Kate, Linda and Jason below.

What does it involve?

The five steps of Experience Assessment can fit around your professional and personal commitments.

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Step 1: Online Pre-Assessment

Find out which membership grade to apply for, based on your current level of experience. It’s free, flexible and quick with our online Pre-Assessment Tool.

  • Gives you an immediate result.

  • Takes around 10 minutes to complete.

  • Can help you identify areas for development.

Step 2: Register and pay for Experience Assessment

Step 3: Online assessment

Step 4: Professional discussion

Step 5: Outcome

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How much does it cost?

One-off assessment fee*

When registering for Experience Assessment, current Affiliate and Associate members of the CIPD only pay the assessment fee.

  • Assessment for Associate £1,996
  • Assessment for Chartered Member £2,045
  • Assessment for Chartered Fellow £2,375

*the assessment fee is non-refundable.

Annual membership fee

The next time you renew your membership, and once you’ve completed Experience Assessment, you’ll pay the membership fee for the grade you’re awarded.

Membership type Joining fee One-off assessment fee* Membership up to 12 months valid until 30 June 2023 Total
Associate Member £40 £1,996 £168 £2,204
Chartered Member £40 £2,045 £195 £2,280
Chartered Fellow £40 £2,375 £221 £2,636

Total = Joining fee + One-off assessment fee + 12 month membership fee.

Our membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June and you can join membership at any time.

*the assessment fee is non-refundable.

Experience Assessment not for you?

Study a Certificate or Diploma qualification which will lead to Associate membership.

Study the CIPD Advanced Diploma and upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Explore our free line manager support resources if you’re a people manager. This is typically professionals responsible for directly leading or managing employees and who enable and implement HR policies, practices and frameworks.

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